Banaro language

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Native to Papua New Guinea
Region Madang & East Sepik Provinces
Native speakers
(2,500 cited 1991)[1]
  • Ramu proper
    • Banaro
Language codes
ISO 639-3 byz
Glottolog bana1292[2]

Banaro is a Ramu language of Papua New Guinea. It is lexically divergent from the rest of the Grass family, having remarkably few cognates.[3][4] Glottolog treats it as an isolate.[2]


  1. ^ Banaro at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ a b Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Banaro". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Donald C. Laycock, 1973. 'Sepik languages: checklist and preliminary classification'. Pacific linguistics, Series B, Issue 25. Australian National University, Department of Linguistics.
  4. ^ Andrew Pawley, 2005, Papuan pasts